How To Build a Raised Dog Bed

Keep your dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor.

Time

A half day

Complexity

Intermediate

Cost

$51–100

Introduction

Many of us like to keep our dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor. Here is a simple project you can build in an afternoon for only a few bones.

Tools Required

  • 18-Gauge Brad Nail Gun
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw or jigsaw

Materials Required

  • 1 qt. paint
  • 1-1/4-in. 18-gauge brad nails
  • 12-ft 1x8 poplar (1)
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 4x4-ft 3/4-in plywood (1)
  • Wood glue

Project step-by-step (11)

Step 1

Cutting the Boards

  • Cut two pieces of the 7-1/4-in. poplar at 41-1/2-in. for the front and back legs.
  • Cut two more pieces of the 7-1/4-in. poplar at 30 inches for the side legs.
  • Cut one plywood bottom at 30 x 40 inches.
  • Rip three 3/4 x 48-in. cleats from the remainder of the plywood.
  • Cut two cleats at 34-1/2-in. and two side cleats at 24 inches.
    • Pro tip: Always check the width of the board. Sizes may vary coming from the store.

Step 2

Layout the Side Legs

  • Make pencil marks on the bottom edge of the board one inch from each end.
  • Draw a line 3-1/4-in. up from the bottom across the length of each board.
  • Connect the one-inch lines with the 3-1/4-in line at a 28 degree angle using an adjustable square, or make a 28 degree template with your miter saw (see photo).

Step 3

Cut the Side Legs

  • Cut the angles using a circular saw or miter saw. Be sure not to cut past the horizontal line.
  • To cut the horizontal line, make a plunge cut using a circular saw with a straight edge, or a table saw. Be sure to stop before the angle cuts.
  • Finish the cuts with a hand saw or jigsaw.
  • Using the side leg board you just cut as a template, lay it on the top of the other side leg board and trace the pattern onto the face of the board.
  • Cut on the lines as you did previously. Option: A jigsaw can be used for all the cuts.

Step 4

 

Layout the Back Leg

  • Make pencil marks on the bottom edge of the back leg board 1-3/4-in. from each end.
  • Lay the side leg board on the top of the back leg board lining up the inside of the leg with the 1-3/4-in. marks. Now trace the pattern onto the board.

Step 5

Cut the Back Leg

  • Cut the back leg as you did previously with the side legs.
  • Finish the cuts with a hand saw or jigsaw.

Step 6

Layout the Front Leg

  • The bottom cuts of the front leg are identical to the back leg. Use the back leg as a template and trace the pattern onto the board.
  • To layout the top cuts, first make pencil marks on the top edge of the board 3/4-in. from each end.
  • Draw a line 2-1/4-in. down from the top across the length of the board.
  • Connect the 3/4-in. lines with the 2-1/4-in. line at a 50 degree angle using an adjustable square, or make a 50 degree template with your miter saw.

 

Step 7

 

Cut the Front Leg

  • First, make all your angle cuts as you did previously with the side and back legs. Be sure not to cut past the horizontal lines.
  • To cut the two horizontal lines, make a plunge cut using a circular saw with a straight edge, or a table saw. Be sure to stop before the angle cuts.
  • Finish the cuts with a hand saw or jigsaw.

Step 8

Attach the Cleats

  • Apply wood glue to the 24-in. cleats and attach them to the inside bottom edge of each side leg, using 1-1/4-in. nails.
  • Apply wood glue to the 34-1/2-in. cleats and attach them to the inside bottom edge of the front and back legs, using 1-1/4-in. nails.

Step 9

 

Assemble the Legs

  • Apply wood glue on the ends of the right and left sides and attach them to the back leg using 1-1/4-in. nails (see photo).
  • Apply wood glue on the other end of the right and left sides and attach the front leg using 1-1/4-in. nails.

Step 10

Install the Bottom

  • Apply wood glue to the top of all four cleats.
  • Place the bottom on top of the cleats and attach it with 1-1/4-in. nails.

Step 11

Sand & Finish

  • Fill the nail holes with wood filler and let dry.
  • Sand the entire piece, taking off the sharp corners and edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
  • Prime and paint to the desired color.